Title: Hot and Bothered
Series: Hot in the Kitchen #3
Author: Kate Meader
Publisher: Forever Romance
Paperback Release: January 27, 2015
A Fire They Can't Put Out . . .
Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it's her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who is fueling her hormones with a generous serving of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She's vowed never to blur the lines again . . .
After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he's had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can't stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she joins an online dating site-and the thought of his Jules with another man makes Tad's blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can't stop himself from turning up the heat this time.
I have to say that this book surprised me and it wasn't like what I expected it to be. I thought I would be getting a light, easy, playful book and while some of that is true, it was so much more. Hot and Bothered was deep, meaningful, and beautiful.
Juliet Kilroy loves being a mother, but she longs for someone to share her life with and there's no one she would rather share it with than her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca. He's made it quite clear, though, that they'll never be anything more than friends and she decides to try online dating. What she hoped, but didn't wholly anticipate, was how much Tad would hate the idea of her dating other men. Tad and Jules go on a long, difficult journey in order to get their happily ever after.
Hot and Bothered wasn't the easy read I thought it was going to be, it was hard and full of heartache and tears, but that is what made it such a great book. This book is about letting go, moving on, and forgiving and loving yourself. It was beautiful to see Juliet and Tad become stronger, better, and happier people.
I haven't made this book sound very fun, but it was. It was funny and light and warm. The characters were all awesome and entertaining. It was pretty d*mn HOT too! I just really loved this excellent book!
Hot and Bothered is a standalone told from Jules and Tad's POV and they get their HEA.
~ Review by Paige
Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, sexy heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she now makes her home in Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter - and where she met her own sexy hero. When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library.